Global Business Optimism Turns Down in October

TODAY: Nov. 24, 2014 PUB DATE: Nov. 24, 2014

By Kathleen Madigan Businesses in the U.S. and around the world are taking a dimmer view of the future, according to a global survey released Monday, leading to cutbacks in employment and spending plans. Optimism among 6,100 companies surveyed by ...

Swiss to Vote on Central Bank's Gold

TODAY: Nov. 24, 2014 PUB DATE: Nov. 24, 2014

ZURICH--Swiss voters will decide Nov. 30 on an initiative that would force the country's central bank to more than double its gold holdings, a prospect that has rattled markets and drawn opposition from the government, lawmakers and business groups. The ...

ECB's Nowotny Upbeat on CEE Growth Prospects

TODAY: Nov. 24, 2014 PUB DATE: Nov. 24, 2014

VIENNA--European growth potential is highest in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe despite lower levels of investments in the region, a member of the European Central Bank's governing council said Monday. The catching-up the region has to do in terms of ...

German Business Sentiment Rises -Update

TODAY: Nov. 24, 2014 PUB DATE: Nov. 24, 2014

By Brian Blackstone FRANKFURT--German business sentiment unexpectedly increased in November, a closely watched survey showed, suggesting Europe's largest economy is slowly finding its footing after struggling to expand in recent months. The Ifo Institute said Monday that its monthly business ...

Europe Stocks Rise on Draghi's Stimulus Hints

TODAY: Nov. 24, 2014 PUB DATE: Nov. 24, 2014

By Josie Cox European shares rose tentatively in early trade Monday, still feeling the effects of last week's hints at further stimulus from Mario Draghi. In early trade, the Stoxx Europe 600 was 0.1% higher, while Paris's CAC gained 0.2% ...

China Rate Cut Supports Oil Prices; OPEC Meeting Looms

TODAY: Nov. 24, 2014 PUB DATE: Nov. 24, 2014

By Eric Yep Crude-oil futures were supported by last week's surprise interest rate cuts by China even as markets brace for the highly anticipated meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting countries later this week. On the New York ...

German Business Sentiment Rises

TODAY: Nov. 24, 2014 PUB DATE: Nov. 24, 2014

By Brian Blackstone FRANKFURT--German business sentiment unexpectedly increased in November, a closely watched survey showed, suggesting Europe's largest economy is slowly finding its footing after struggling to expand in recent months. The Ifo Institute said Monday that its monthly business ...

China Central Bank Cut in Rates May Be Short on Impact

TODAY: Nov. 24, 2014 PUB DATE: Nov. 24, 2014

By Lingling Wei BEIJING--China's move to slash lending rates to help slowing growth may lack punch, as Chinese banks likely will remain reluctant to lower loan rates for fears of hurting their profits. The People's Bank of China on Friday ...

BT in Talks to Buy Telefonica's U.K. Unit -- 2nd Update

TODAY: Nov. 24, 2014 PUB DATE: Nov. 24, 2014

By Simon Zekaria LONDON-- BT Group PLC on Monday said it is in talks to buy Telefonica SA's U.K. mobile business, 02, as the British telecom incumbent lays out its ambitions to be a fully-fledged wireless operator in the U.K.'s ...

Putin Circumspect on Re-Election

TODAY: Nov. 24, 2014 PUB DATE: Nov. 24, 2014

MOSCOW--Russian President Vladimir Putin said he would not retain his post forever, but doesn't rule out running in 2018, and said the Western sanctions against Moscow violate human rights and are aimed at sowing discord in Russian society. In an ...

Charoen Pokphand Group Denies $10 Billion Buyback of Tesco's Thai Unit

TODAY: Nov. 24, 2014 PUB DATE: Nov. 24, 2014

By Warangkana Chomchuen BANGKOK--Charoen Pokphand Group, Thailand's leading conglomerate, on Monday denied reports that it was considering buying back a local supermarket chain from British retailer Tesco PLC (TSCDY). "The reports in the media had no ground," Dhanin Chearavanont, chairman ...

Singapore October CPI +0.1% On Year; DJ Poll Tipped +0.5%

TODAY: Nov. 24, 2014 PUB DATE: Nov. 24, 2014

By Gaurav Raghuvanshi SINGAPORE--Singapore's consumer prices rose at a slower-than-expected pace in October, due to a decline in private road transport and housing costs. The consumer-price index rose 0.1% year-on-year in October, compared with the median estimate for a 0.5% ...

Europe Stocks Rally -- Update

TODAY: Nov. 24, 2014 PUB DATE: Nov. 24, 2014

By Josie Cox European stocks and bonds rallied in early trade Monday, still encouraged by hints of further stimulus from European Central Bank President Mario Draghi last week and even though data showing stronger than expected German business sentiment may ...

Europe Stocks Rise on Stimulus Hints

TODAY: Nov. 24, 2014 PUB DATE: Nov. 24, 2014

European shares rose tentatively in early trade Monday, still feeling the effects of last week's hints at further stimulus from Mario Draghi. In early trade, the Stoxx Europe 600 was 0.1% higher, while Paris's CAC gained 0.2% and London's FTSE ...

AIG Case May Turn on Nonstar Witnesses

TODAY: Nov. 24, 2014 PUB DATE: Nov. 24, 2014

By Leslie Scism WASHINGTON--The headlines in the long-running trial over the bailout of American International Group Inc. have been dominated by three heavy hitters who testified--and one who didn't. But as testimony likely wraps up Monday after eight weeks, legal ...

Brazil Consumer Confidence Falls to Lowest Level Since December 2008

TODAY: Nov. 24, 2014 PUB DATE: Nov. 24, 2014

By Rogerio Jelmayer SAO PAULO--Brazil's main consumer-confidence index dropped in November to the lowest level since December 2008, the Getulio Vargas Foundation, or FGV, said Monday, as Latin America's largest economy suffers to regain traction. FGV said its consumer-confidence index ...

Friends Life Suspends Share Buy Back Program

TODAY: Nov. 24, 2014 PUB DATE: Nov. 24, 2014

LONDON--Financial services company Friends Life Group Ltd (FLG.LN) said Monday that it has decided to suspend its share buy back program until it reaches an agreement on terms and conditions of a possible all share combination with Aviva PLC (AV.LN). ...

BT in Talks to Buy Telefonica's U.K. Unit -- Update

TODAY: Nov. 24, 2014 PUB DATE: Nov. 24, 2014

By Simon Zekaria LONDON-- BT Group PLC on Monday said it is in talks to buy Telefonica SA's U.K. mobile business, 02, as the British telecom incumbent lays out its ambitions to be a fully-fledged wireless operator in the U.K.'s ...

CMA CGM in Talks to Buy German Short-Sea Operator OPDR --Source

TODAY: Nov. 24, 2014 PUB DATE: Nov. 24, 2014

By Costas Paris LONDON--France's CMA CGM SA, the world's third-biggest container-shipping operator by capacity, is in talks to buy Germany's Oldenburg-Portugiesische Dampfschiffs-Rhederei GmbH as part of its strategy to control so-called short-sea operators that will feed cargo into its oceangoing ...

Subscribers: Japan Market Items Not Available Due to Holiday

TODAY: Nov. 24, 2014 PUB DATE: Nov. 24, 2014

Items about Japan's markets that are usually published on a regular schedule won't be published Monday due to a public holiday. The items will resume Tuesday. (END) Dow Jones Newswires November 23, 2014 18:49 ET (23:49 GMT) Copyright (c) 2014 ...